Make mitigation happen while sun shines
Too many people only get things done in a last-minute panic. Don’t be that guy—or gal. “Make hay while the sun shines” is an old saying that makes perpetual sense. The sun is shining, there are no imminent threats of severe weather, and that makes this the perfect time to prepare for when skies are gray and winds whip up. To prove the point of “making hay” in the sunshine, the Florida Division of Emergency Management designated this as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
What you can do to protect yourself from Hurricane What’s-His-Name is somewhat limited when the storm is on its way. What you can do now is far more impactful. For instance, if you live in Tampa Bay, there’s a free workshop on Friday, Feb. 28 to teach you how to make your home storm ready.
Here are the details:
Make Mitigation Happen Workshop
Fri., Feb. 28
10 a.m. – noon
United Way Suncoast, 5201 W. Kennedy, Tampa
There are four more mitigation workshops planned in communities all over Florida to teach homeowners how to prepare their homes for a windstorm. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management partnered with Volunteer Florida and the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating For Emergencies (BRACE) to engage homeowners in protecting their property and families. It costs you nothing to attend, except 2 hours of your time. Here’s a look at the 20-page mitigation guide that is the basis for the workshop. Other resources to strengthen homes from high winds are available from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.
Yeah, hurricane season is three months away. But there’s always a good chance you would be glad you started preparing now.